Corfu village and torpedo mystery
Archimedes: May 2013
Corfu hill village and torpedo mystery.
There are many hidden Corfu holiday attractions for summer visitors to the island but few more curious than the ad-hoc monuments to the Second World War. Corfu played only a relatively minor role in the conflict but relics of the war can be found in some unusual places.
Holiday visitors who wander away from the beach resorts into the interior and find themselves in the Corfu hill village of Magloudes are likely to be struck by a large torpedo mounted on metal plinths near the village square.
The village is set in the hills between the beach holiday resorts of Paleokastritsa and Arillas and is about 7km from the sea up a steep hill.
It is known that many submarines and torpedo boats were operational in Corfu waters during the war but what a torpedo is doing in a Corfu hill village is a bit of a mystery.
Both German and Italian warships patrolled the Greek Islands and there were a number of torpedoes washed ashore that, presumably, were fired but failed to detonate.
The Magloudes torpedo is interesting in that it still has a metal plate on the site inscribed with the name of the maker and the date of construction.
The inscription show the torpedo was of German origin and built in Keil but the date is unusual — it says 1964 which makes it impossible to be a weapon from the Second World War.
Another war relic can be found in the Corfu beach resort of Pelekas. Although dubbed locally the 'Pelekas Torpedo' is it, in fact, as mine.
The history of this is a little more clear as it was washed up on Pelekas beach during the war and spirited away by the locals and 'hidden' until the 1950's when it made its appearance in the Pelekas village square, painted in blue and white stripes of the Greek flag.
The mine sparked controversy recently when the Pelekas authorities had it repainted in its original colour much to the dismay of some of the locals.
They went to work with paint strippers and the 'monument' remained in a sorry looking state for several months before it was mysteriously repainted blue and white.
It would be interesting to know how many more war relics lie scattered around Corfu, especially those set up as monuments in Corfu hill villages and resorts